I love the Puritans, but not all of them were great communicators. Not all of their writings have travelled well over the centuries. John Owen is often considered one of the most difficult Puritan writers. He’s brilliant, but he demands a lot from his readers. Thankfully, R.J.K. Law made some of Owen’s writings a bit easier for today’s readers. The Glory of Christ is one of several abridged and simplified works of Owen published by the Banner of Truth in its Puritan Paperback series.
This is a fantastic little book — filled not only with solid biblical theology, but also warmhearted applications. One of the key things I took away from Owen has to do with how we will see God in the age to come. God is invisible *and* immutable. So, Owen says, “We see the glory of God only in the person of Christ” (12). Because Christ has a human body, our vision of God in the age to come is connected to our sight of him. In him all the fullness of God dwells (Col. 1:19). Seeing Christ and his glory is how we will see God. This is true in a spiritual sense now already, but it will also be true in a physical sense after the resurrection. I highly recommend this book! If you’ve never read Owen before, this would be a great place to start.